Designing the Perfect Kitchen Island

The kitchen is the heart of the house, and inevitably you find family and friends gathering around the kitchen island. Here are three important elements to consider when designing the perfect kitchen island.

Designing the Perfect Kitchen Island with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks
Design by Kelly Bailey of Coastal Cabinet Works

1. Function

The first step in designing the perfect kitchen island is to decide what the main function is going to be. Some kitchen islands are designed around food preparation, storage, entertaining guests, doing homework and even charging stations for devices. Islands are often designed to be used for a variety of reasons. The functionality of your kitchen island should be designed to fit your family’s daily kitchen activities. In addition to designing around what your family needs today, you also want to plan for the possibilities and create a kitchen island that can evolve as your family evolves.

Kitchen Island Design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen Bath includes Wood Countertop
Design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

2. Size

After choosing the main function of your island, you can then figure out the size of the island. The size of your island should be proportional to the size and design of your kitchen. Professionals on Houzz recommend an island to have a width of 2 to 3 feet. For length, professionals feel that 4 to 7 feet is best, depending on how much storage and how many appliances you plan to incorporate.

If your kitchen already has a lot of cabinetry space, island storage may not be a priority. Designer Steve Justrich explains, “Typically, two 24-inch base cabinets back to back will accommodate most under-island functions,” in this article by Houzz.

If the island will be used as a main food preparation area, a sink and other appliances may have to come first in priority. Should you choose entertaining as the main function of your island, then seating arrangements should be the main priority of your island.

An important factor to keep in mind is the aisle space between the kitchen island and any perimeter cabinets or appliances. According to decoist.com, experts suggest that an ideal aisle space would be 42 inches between the counters. If you have a smaller kitchen, they suggest a minimum of 36 inches.

3. Style

The next step in designing your island is choosing the style. Style includes the cabinetry finish, countertop material, lighting and seating arrangements. Typically the style of the island follows suit with the style of the rest of the kitchen.

When it comes to cabinetry finish, some choose a paint or stain color that stands out against surrounding kitchen cabinets. Others choose a matching finish to bring the design together.

Kitchen Island Design by Pine Street Carpenters features a Tigerwood Countertop
Design by Pine Street Carpenters, Inc.

It’s important to choose the right countertop that best suits the island’s activity. For food preparation, a butcher block countertop is most recommended. Waterfall counters have a sleek look that works for both modern and traditional kitchens. For seating areas, a wood bar top is a warm place to cozy up to.

Kitchen Island Design by Karen Kassen of Kitchens Unlimited features a Waterfall Countertop
Design by Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID, of Kitchens Unlimited

Lighting above your island is a way to express your personality, while adding to the overall functionality of the space. Some designers choose recessed lighting, others choose pendant lighting. Some also choose to use a combination of both. Designers often use three pendant lights above an island, depending on the light design.

Kitchen Island Design by Denise Quade of Denise Quade Design features a Wood Countertop
Design by Denise Quade, CMKBD, of Denise Quade Design

Seating is another way to add to the style of the overall kitchen and island. Some designers choose backless bar stools, while others choose a chair style stool.

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Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Coastal Cabinet Works

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works.

Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Coastal Cabinet Works
Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works

About the Designer: Phoebe really enjoys working with clients to bring their ideas to life. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and her goal is always to create a space that the homeowner is excited about, so they are happy to share it with family and friends. Aesthetics are very important, but a kitchen design is only successful when it is functional. As a designer my goal is always to create a beautiful space that feels effortless.

A Tip from Phoebe: Play with symmetry. A symmetrical layout is the foundation of any good design, but try making a statement with a glass cabinet that is a different size than all the rest, use asymmetry to create focal points.

Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop in a modern farmhouse kitchen designed by Coastal Cabinet Works
Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop in a modern farmhouse kitchen designed by Coastal Cabinet Works

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Fieldstone Cabinetry

Countertops: Perimeter countertops – Quartzite; 1 3/4″ thick Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop by Grothouse

MModern Farmhouse Kitchen with a Reclaimed Chestnut Countertop designed by Coastal Cabinet Works
Modern Farmhouse Kitchen with a Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Coastal Cabinet Works
Large kitchen island with Reclaimed Chestnut countertop creates a seating area and food prep space
Large Kitchen Island with Reclaimed Chestnut Countertop
Kitchen Island with Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertop, sink, copper faucet, wine fridge, and microwave
Kitchen Island with Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertop

See more kitchen designs by Coastal Cabinet Works by checking out their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Visit our Countertop Image Library for more design inspiration including a Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop. Love this design? Save it to Pinterest!

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Wenge Kitchen Island Top design by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Wenge Kitchen Island Top designed by Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio.

Wenge Kitchen Island Top designed by Janice Teague of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

About the Designer: For more than fifteen years, Janice owned and operated two custom design/build home construction companies in the Dallas area. In addition to organizational duties, she helped her clients define every aspect of their home from exterior elevations and space planning to material selections. As rewarding as this scope of work was, Janice particularly enjoyed the intricacies of kitchen and bath design and earned her certifications in both areas through the NKBA.

“Asking a lot of questions and listening to my client’s needs and desires is essential to a successful remodel,” Janice believes. “Our clients are very involved in the design process; after all, it’s their home and their dream. I take great pleasure in helping them realize their vision.” Janice has received construction and design awards from Builder/Architect magazine and her work has been published in Trends, Better Homes and Gardens, and Chicago Home and Garden. Janice has helped her clients complete kitchen and bath remodeling projects in Wheaton, Naperville, Glen Ellyn, Oak Brook and Barrington.

“Our clients benefit from Drury Design’s great team of people who ensure each remodel is completed on time and on budget. I am proud to be part of that team.” Click here to read Janice’s full bio.

About Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio: Founded by Gail Drury, CMKBD in 1987, Drury Design’s Client Focused Design™ approach integrates design recommendations, materials selection and construction management into one seamless customer design, project management, and build experience.

Custom Wenge Kitchen Island Top designed by Janice Teague of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wenge Kitchen Island Top designed by Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio.

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Grabill Cabinetry in Pure White

Cabinet Hardware: Polished Chrome knobs and pulls

Flooring: Red Oak

Countertops: Grothouse Wenge Kitchen Island Top finished with Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish in Satin sheen

Perimeter countertop: Granite in Colonia White

Faucet: Grohe in Polished Chrome

Sink: Apron front white by Kohler

Backsplash: Glazed 3 x 6” beveled subway tile in Ice White

Wall Color: By homeowner

Stove: Wolf 4 Burner/Griddle Range

Dishwasher: Asko

Other Appliances: Microwave Drawer: Sharp, Steam Oven: Wolf, Refrigerator/Freezer: Sub-Zero, Under Counter Freezer Drawer: Sub-Zero

Additional Comments and Advice: The homeowners had two objectives concerning their new island countertop. They wanted it to complement the existing features of their 1920s home and provide the durability needed for an active family. The Grothouse Wenge wood countertop was chosen for its rich color as well as the easy-maintenance Durata finish.

Custom Wenge Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wenge Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wenge Wood Countertop for a Kitchen Island designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wenge Wood Countertop for a Kitchen Island designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wood Countertop Janice Teague of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Design by Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

Visit the Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio websiteFacebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to see more of their designs. Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more Wenge Kitchen Island Top designs.

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Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured transitional kitchen includes a custom Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table designed by Meghan Browne of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath.

Meghan Browne of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Meghan Browne of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

About the Designer: Meghan has always held a passion for design and decided to pursue that when she joined Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath. Leveraging her project management background, Meghan now provides end-to-end management of a wide range of kitchen and bath designs. She enjoys working with her clients side by side to create a truly unique space for each client.

A Tip from Meghan: A custom Grothouse top immediately adds warmth to a space – in color, tone and texture.

Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table designed by Meghan Browne Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Decor Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Restoration Hardware

Flooring: Custom Oak Wood

Countertops: White Macaubas Quartzite countertop from Classic Granite and Marble; Grothouse custom wood Peruvian Walnut kitchen island table finished with Grothouse Original Oil™

Backsplash: Custom Mosaic tile from Marble Systems Country Floors

Stove: Wolf SRT366 Range top

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: Miele DGC 6600 XL 24″ Pure Line M Touch Combi-Steam Oven in Stainless Steel; Sub-Zero IC-36R Refrigerator and ID-30FI Freezer Drawers

Meghan Browne of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath designed this Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table
Meghan Browne of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath designed this Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table
Custom Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Custom Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

To see more designs by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, visit their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, or Instagram. The Grothouse Countertop Image Library features more designs including a Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Table.

Photography by Bob Narod.

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Walnut Kitchen Island Ends designed by Teakwood Builders

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes custom wood Walnut Kitchen Island Ends designed by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders.

Custom Walnut Kitchen Island Ends designed by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders
Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders

About the Designer: Eva Andersen’s passion for cooking and entertaining led her into designing kitchens. She has been in the kitchen and bath design business since 2002, working first in Boston and later in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is now the designer for Teakwood Builders, leading their kitchen and bath designs, as well as space planning, finish selections and furniture.

A Tip from Eva: In order to keep the guests entertained but away from the work zone, an impressive thirteen foot kitchen island was also added, seating up to seven people and housing the farm sink, creating a spacious entertaining area for the clients.

Custom Wood Walnut Kitchen Island Ends designed by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders
Custom Walnut Kitchen Island Ends designed by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Signature Custom Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs Chareau in Brushed Satin Nickel

Flooring: Rustic Knotty Red Oak with Oil Finish

Countertops: Black slate; 5 CM Olympian Danby Honed Marble; Two Grothouse edge grain Walnut countertops for the kitchen island ends, featuring a Classical Cove edge profile and finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen

Faucet: DXV Victorian pull down, DXV Traditional pot filler

Sink: DXV 36″ orchard

Backsplash: Lunada Bay Haisen Azuline, ezzenze bianco craquele 2.5×5

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Thundercloud Gray 2124-40 Paint

Stove: Wolf GR486G 48″ Gourmet Range

Dishwasher: By owner

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero BI-48/S/S/PH & UC-24BG/O

Wood Walnut Kitchen Island Ends design by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders
Walnut Kitchen Island Ends design by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders
Custom wood Walnut Kitchen Island Ends for a white kitchen
Custom Walnut Kitchen Island Ends for a white kitchen
Design by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders in Saratoga Springs, New York
Design by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders
Design by Teakwood Builders in Saratoga Springs, New York
Design by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders

View additional designs by Teakwood Builders on their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs featuring custom wood Walnut Kitchen Island Ends.

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Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top designed by Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio.

Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top designed by Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

About the Designer: Diana Burton earned her degree in business at Indiana University, Bloomington, and went on to study fashion design. When she took on a total remodel of her own kitchen, she discovered a passion for interiors and decided to go back to school to focus on kitchen and bath design. For the past eight years, Diana has been designing custom kitchens, cabinetry, architectural millwork, and collaborating with clients to create beautiful personal spaces. “I am passionate about learning what my clients are hoping to achieve with their remodel projects and helping them reach those goals. Offering creative solutions for challenging spaces is especially gratifying.” Click here to read Diana’s full bio.

About Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio: Founded by Gail Drury, CMKBD in 1987, Drury Design’s Client Focused Design™ approach integrates design recommendations, materials selection and construction management into one seamless customer design, project management, and build experience.

Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Maple in Glacier Grabill Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Brushed Nickel Knobs and Pulls

Flooring: Oak

Countertops: Grothouse Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top distressed to level 4 and finished with a hand rubbed black glaze and sealed with Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish in Matte sheen

Perimeter countertop: Granite Virginia Mist

Faucet: Brizo in Polished Chrome

Sink: White farmhouse by Whitehaus

Backsplash: 3 x 6 white subway. Backsplash niche: Carrara Marble Hex mosaic. Around backsplash niche: Snow 2 x 6 Liner Bar

Wall Color: By homeowner

Stove: Wolf range top

Dishwasher: Miele

Other Appliances: Wall oven: Wolf, Steam oven: Wolf, Refrigerator/freezer: Sub-Zero, Wine cooler: Sub-Zero, Microwave: Sharp

Additional Comments and Advice: The homeowners love to entertain and they wanted a top with low maintenance that was already distressed. This kitchen island top matched the oak floors and gave a warmth to the room.

Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top with a Sink designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top with an Undermount Sink
Distressed Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Distressed Sapele Mahogany Counterop designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Kitchen designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Kitchen designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Kitchen designed by Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Kitchen designed by Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio

More designs by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio can be seen on their website, blogFacebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Other designs featuring a Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Top can be viewed on the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.  Like our page on Facebook to stay up to date with Grothouse news and announcements.

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Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Wenge and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Andy Foster of Foster Custom Kitchens.

Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens
Andy Foster of Foster Custom Kitchens

About the Designer: Andy Foster, an accomplished kitchen and bath designer, has been a cabinetmaker for over 40 years. He began woodworking as a hobby shortly after college, and it soon became a passion and a profession. In 1987, after over a decade of commercial woodworking in several venues, he founded Foster Custom Kitchens. What stands out about Andy is his knowledge of and experience in all phases of project development, including design, fabrication, installation, giving him a unique perspective of the process involved in creating a new or remodeled space.

A Tip from Andy: The downstairs of this home has Douglas fir walls, ceilings and beams. The owners chose beautiful rustic cherry for the surrounding cabinetry, and wanted a wooden countertop for their distressed, black, painted cherry island. We were concerned that adding a planked wood grain to the mix would be a little over the top. Choosing a contrasting, end-grain checkerboard pattern of Wenge and Cherry made the island “pop” and tied the painted and natural woods together.

Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens
Wenge and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Kitchen Island by Foster Custom Woodworks. Surrounding cabinetry by Kountry Kraft.

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Porcelain (existing)

Countertops: Kitchen Island – Wenge and Cherry Wood Checkerboard Butcher Block by Grothouse; Perimeter Countertops – Soapstone

Backsplash: Soapstone

Wall Color: Douglas Fir paneling

Stove: Viking

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: Liebherr refrigerator

Wood Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens
Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens for a Rustic style kitchen
Rustic kitchen with a Wenge and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block
Rustic kitchen with a Wenge and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block
Black Kitchen Island with Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop
Black Kitchen Island with Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop
Checkerboard Butcher Block Kitchen Island Countertop
Checkerboard Butcher Block Kitchen Island Countertop

View additional designs by Foster Custom Kitchens on their website, Facebook, and Houzz. Other kitchen designs including a Checkerboard Butcher Block can be seen on the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. See the latest Grothouse news and announcements by liking our Facebook page.

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Wenge Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Wenge Counter designed by Monica Miller, CMKBD, CR of J.S. Brown & Co.

Wenge Counter designed by Monica Miller of J.S. Brown & Co.
Monica Miller, CMKBD, CR of J.S. Brown & Co.

About the Designer: Monica works with her clients from the earliest conceptual stages of their project design through to the final walk through. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Columbus College of Art & Design and is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (NKBA) and a Certified Remodeler (NARI). Monica has over 25 years of experience in the residential construction industry and joined J.S. Brown & Co. in 2002 as a designer and sales consultant.

A Tip from Monica: It’s very tempting to follow trends, instead discuss your needs and budget with your designer and try to make decisions based on your personal tastes, budget, and practical issues like durability and maintenance concerns. Your home should reflect your style, not just what you see on television.

Wenge Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Wenge Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: W.W. Wood ProductsShiloh Line

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Oak Hardwood

Countertops: Venetian Gold Granite and Grothouse Flat Grain Wenge Counter featuring an arc overhang for bar seating.

Faucet: Moen Arbor

Sink: Blanco Stellar

Backsplash: Sonoma Tile Makers

Stove: Wolf

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: GE Refrigerator

Wenge Counter for a Kitchen Island
Wenge Counter for a Kitchen Island designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Wenge Kitchen Island Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Wenge Kitchen Island Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Custom Wenge Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Custom Wenge Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Wenge Wood Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Wenge Wood Counter designed by J.S. Brown & Co.

View additional designs by J.S. Brown & Co. on their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. To see more designs including a Wenge Counter, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. Stay up to date with Grothouse news and announcements by liking our page on Facebook.

Peruvian Walnut Counter top designed by Denise Quade Design

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Peruvian Walnut Counter top designed by Denise Quade of Denise Quade Design.

Denise Quade of Denise Quade Design
Denise Quade of Denise Quade Design

About the Designer: Denise is especially known for putting her degree in interior design and 38 years of experience to work creating highly personalized and functional kitchens. Her bathrooms, home offices, family rooms, and bedrooms have garnered recognition as well. In 2010 she earned her CMKBD, one of only three in Wisconsin holding the esteemed certification. Through every project, large or small, Denise maintains her commitment to giving each client her best. Each client benefits from her talent, her time, her expertise, and her dedication to incomparable service.

A Tip from Denise: Really think about how you want your kitchen to function before you start thinking about how you want it to look. This client is a baker with very specific storage requirements so that drove the design of the island.

Peruvian Walnut Counter top designed by Denise Quade Design
Peruvian Walnut Counter top designed by Denise Quade Design

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Brookhaven Frameless Cabinets by Wood-Mode

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Original Oak, Refinished onsite

Countertops: Torquay by Cambria; Peruvian Walnut Counter top finished with Grothouse Original Oil™

Sink: Main – Elkay EFRU311610, Prep – Elkay EFRU131610

Backsplash: 2 x 12 Glass Tile by DalTile

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Sidewalk Gray 2133-60

Stove: GE Monogram Dual Fuel ZDP366NPSS & GE Monogram ZET1PMSS

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: GE Monogram Refrigerator ZISS480NXSS

Additional Comments and Advice: Don’t be afraid to lose your traditional table in the dining area of your kitchen. Expanding your island to serve as a seating area gives you the best of both worlds: more work space and a place you can gather for every day meals with your family. It creates a welcoming atmosphere that invites everyone to gather in the kitchen while the meals are being prepared.

Peruvian Walnut Counter top for a kitchen island
Peruvian Walnut Countertop for a kitchen island
Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Countertop
Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Countertop
Peruvian Walnut Counter top for a large kitchen island
Peruvian Walnut Counter top for a large kitchen island

View additional designs by Denise Quade Design on their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. To see more designs including a Peruvian Walnut Counter top, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. Stay up to date with Grothouse news and announcements by liking our page on Facebook.

Butcher Blocks for Most Frequent Kitchen Island Activities

RICKI conducts a study among 1,000 U.S. homeowners each quarter. The research gathered is then made available to Professional and Executive level RICKI members. The studies gauge consumer sentiment regarding kitchen and bath renovations, planned purchases of kitchen and bath products, and other relevant and timely measures.

For this study, they asked the question, “Do you have an island in your kitchen at home? IF YES, How often do you use your island for the following kitchen island activities?” The data collected showed that butcher blocks are the perfect kitchen island countertop based on the top 5 most frequent kitchen island activities.

5 Most Frequent Kitchen Island Activities
5 Most Frequent Kitchen Island Activities from RICKI

Around three in ten homeowners have an island in their kitchen. Almost two in three say that they are frequently preparing food on their kitchen islands and cutting and mixing ingredients. Kitchen islands are also used frequently when socializing with friends and family.

In order for all of these activities to take place, the kitchen island must have a durable, comfortable, and inviting countertop surface. Grothouse Butcher Blocks crafted in End Grain construction style are the number 1 preferred kitchen island countertop surface – especially by chefs. This is because the construction style of the surface is kindest to knives and keeps them sharp. In addition, butcher block tend to be self-healing and most knife marks disappear after cleaning. After years of use, the butcher block can be sanded and re-oiled to look like new again.

Butcher Block Designs for Kitchen Island Activities

64 percent of homeowners use their kitchen island mostly to cut up food and mix ingredients. Butcher Blocks can be designed specifically for this use.

Butcher Block for Frequent Kitchen Island Activities
Butcher Block for Frequent Kitchen Island Activities designed by Plain & Fancy Cabinetry

Plain & Fancy Cabinetry designed this kitchen island with food preparation in mind. The island features a Sapele Mahogany butcher block with an overmount sink. It is in close proximity to the refrigerator, cooktop, and main sink. The butcher block size permits plenty of space for cutting food, mixing ingredients, and even serving food.

Butcher Blocks for Frequent Kitchen Island Activities
Butcher Block for Food Prep designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Butcher blocks can also be designed to co-exist with other surface types or use of food preparation. Stonington Cabinetry & Designs designed this Walnut Butcher Block to match up perfectly with the marble counter. The butcher block can be used for food preparation, while the marble can be used for eating and entertaining.

Butcher Blocks for Kitchen Island Activities
Butcher Block for Entertaining designed by M & M Design, Inc.

For purposes of serving food, eating, and conversations with family and friends, Butcher blocks can be designed to overhang the kitchen island for a fun seating area. M & M Design, Inc. designed the Walnut with Cherry Checkerboard Pattern Butcher Block above for entertaining.